In an article in Global SMT and Packaging, RMD Instruments Corp. introduced the LeadTracer-RoHS, a tool that conducts multi-channel characterization analysis (MCA). MCA was designed as a non-destructive method to help users identify and compare known good components from what can be characterized by the user as sub-standard or “different” from standard-known components. The user can identify those components that can then be called counterfeit, sub-standard or non-RoHS compliant.
RMD notes that the system provides a soldering analysis solution that it is “a quick and easy method to conduct daily solder pot analysis instead of waiting every three months.” The system also serves as a counterfeit components solution by providing a non-destructive method for component verification.
An MCA software package was designed to enhance the operation of the LeadTracer-RoHS XRF analyzer. Software updates are frequent and are usually implemented and installed via email attachments. The MCA was also designed to help reduce the risk of recalling products or having to rework assemblies that fail electrical test.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.